Cuscatlán Department

Coordinates: 13°50′17″N 89°01′52″W / 13.838°N 89.031°W / 13.838; -89.031
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Location within El Salvador
Location within El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°50′17″N 89°01′52″W / 13.838°N 89.031°W / 13.838; -89.031
Country El Salvador
(given current status)
 • Total756.19 km2 (291.97 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 14th
 • Total252,528
 • RankRanked 12th
 • Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
ISO 3166 codeSV-CU

Cuscatlán (Spanish pronunciation: [kuskaˈtlan]) is a department of El Salvador, located in the center of the country. With a surface area of 756.19 square kilometres (291.97 sq mi), it is El Salvador's smallest department. It is inhabited by over 252,000 people. Cuscatlán or Cuzcatlán was the name the original inhabitants of the Western part of the country gave to most of the territory that is now El Salvador. In their language it means "land of precious jewels". It was created on 22 May 1835. Suchitoto was the first capital of the department but on 12 November 1861, Cojutepeque was made the capital. It is known in producing fruits, tobacco, sugar cane, and coffee among other items. The department is famous for its chorizos from the city of Cojutepeque.


  1. Northern Cuscatlán
  2. Southern Cuscatlán


  1. Candelaria
  2. Cojutepeque
  3. El Carmen
  4. El Rosario
  5. Monte San Juan
  6. Oratorio de Concepción
  7. San Bartolomé Perulapía
  8. San Cristóbal
  9. San José Guayabal
  10. San Pedro Perulapán
  11. San Rafael Cedros
  12. San Ramón
  13. Santa Cruz Analquito
  14. Santa Cruz Michapa
  15. Suchitoto
  16. Tenancingo